The stories we tell on the big screen long for and echo the truth

Review of The Stories We Tell by Mike CosperMike Cosper’s The Stories We Tell falls in the tradition of C.S. Lewis’ line of thought that Christianity is the “one truth myth.” A worship and arts pastor and admitted television addict, Cosper sets out to find the spiritual core of modern cinema, showing how all the stories we tell flow from and point to the greater creation-fall-redemption-consummation narrative of the bible.I’m surprised that this is not used more often as an apologetic for … [Read more...]

According to Plan: The Bible at its most basic

Review of According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme GoldsworthyGraeme Goldsworthy is perhaps best known for his Trilogy (Gospel and Kingdom, Gospel and Wisdom, and Gospel and Revelation), in which he provides a thorough treatment of biblical theology. For those who lack the time to dig into this 500+ page tome: shame on you. It is excellent. But for those who really lack the time, Goldsworthy has written a condensed introductory volume that offers an overview … [Read more...]

Recovering the Classics

Review of Shakespeare's Hamlet by Leland RykenLast year I argued that we live in a new Dark Ages, “a time of moral confusion,” in which western civilization, classically understood, has basically disappeared because of our elites’ decision to stop reading and teaching the great books. The solution is for a generation to take upon themselves the mantle of what I called “book hunters,” people who “take it upon themselves to “to uncover and salvage the best of what came before: to cherish it; hold … [Read more...]

What does biblical theology have to do with the life of the church?

Review of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael LawrenceThis book has been reviewed previously on Schaeffer's Ghost here.In What Is Biblical Theology? (reviewed here) James Hamilton outlined the basics of biblical theology by giving a very brief overview of the discipline. In Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church, Michael Lawrence gives us a more in-depth definition and a longer exposition of how biblical theologies applies to, well, the life of the c … [Read more...]

An Amateur Parent Poo-Poos the idea of a “Christian Family”

Review of Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent & Barbara HughesA necessary precautionary disclaimer: As of this writing, I am the parent of a three-month old. Which means I have exactly zero real-world experience when it comes to raising children who can do more than eat and scream and poop.With that said, Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes is a fine enough book. The theology is solid; the advice is sound; and the writing is clear and readable. If I have a … [Read more...]

Just what is biblical theology anyway?

Review of What Is Biblical Theology? by James M. Hamilton, Jr.Just what is "biblical theology"? And  isn't all good theology 'biblical' theology? Well, yes and no. Obviously all good theology will be based on the Bible, but "biblical theology" refers to a very specific category within the broad science known as theology. It is this specific category that Southern Seminary Professor James Hamilton's What Is Biblical Theology? is intended to introduce. In this short book, Hamilton gives a q … [Read more...]

Why would you want to raise a reader?

Review of How to Raise a Reader by Elaine McEwanAs someone who teaches at the college level, I'm not sure whether the number one academic problem with college students today is illiteracy, laziness, or both. It may even be that the two are really different sides of the same coin—I just don't know enough about what goes on in primary and secondary education to be able to say for sure. What I do know is that far too many college freshmen are functionally illiterate (not, thankfully, either a m … [Read more...]

‘Teach Us to Want’ Teaches Us to Pray

Review of Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, & the Life of Faith by Jen Pollock MichelBased on the title, the jacket blurb, the promotional materials, the opening chapter, and the final paragraphs of the book, Teach Us to Want is a book about the role of desire in the life of a Christian. The foreword describes it as 'a practical theology of desire.' Michel, like many Christians, once labored under the misapprehension that the Christian life is diametrically and fundamentally opposed … [Read more...]

An Amateur Parent Reviews an Obscure Parenting Tract

Review of Duties of Parents by J.C. RyleTwo necessary precautionary disclaimers:As of this writing, I am the parent of a one-month-old. Which means I have exactly zero real-world experience when it comes to raising children who can do more than eat and scream and poop.When you say "Duty" out loud, it sounds like "Doody." Be prepared to giggle. This little tract by J.C. Ryle (available for free here and here) is short, well-written, and full of excellent advice. Specifically, he … [Read more...]

An Amateur Parent Reviews a Parenting Classic

Review of Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp Two necessary precautionary disclaimers:As of this writing, I am the parent of a one-month-old. Which means I have exactly zero real-world experience when it comes to raising children who can do more than eat and scream and poop.There is little about shepherds and nothing about sheep in this book. You'll have to look elsewhere if you want to learn more about Biblical ovine care.With those disclaimers in mind, Shepherding a … [Read more...]